CLIO

Clio inspired travel programmes

Clio, or ‘Kleio’ in ancient Greek, was the muse of history. Her name derives from the word ‘kleo’, which means to tell of or make famous or celebrate. Her name means ‘glorifier’, one of the characteristics of historical writing, usually celebrating the accomplishments or deeds of a person or nation. The famous queen Cleopatra was named appropriately as ‘famous father’. Clio will inspire you to follow the footsteps of many famous figures through time.

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    The recounting of throroughly researched events.

Spartacus and the Slave Wars

Clio, Muse of History, can inspire the curious traveler to follow the footsteps of some of most fascinating figures of human history. One such figure is Spartacus, leading a slave army of thousands, invaded Italy and the powerful Roman republic from Sicily. The encounter culminates on the slopes of Vesuvius and ends in Rome itself.

Leonidas, Thermopylae and the Spartans (featured trip)

The encounter between Spartan king Leonidas and Xerxes, leader of the vast Persian empire is focus of this programme. Your journey will take you to the locations of several key battles, including Marathon, Thermopylae, Salamis, Plataea as well as Athens and Sparta.

Bronze Age Empires: the Mycenaens

The Mycenaean empire expanded from southern Greece across the Aegean and Mediterranean seas. Clio can guide you through the actual places in Greece, Turkey and Crete that possess the archaeological remains of sites immortalised in the Iliad and Odyssey, such as Troy and Mycenae itself.

Pre-Roman Italy: Etruscans, Samnites, Messapians

The pre-Roman populations of Italy provide a unique view into the most ancient cultural traditions in the peninsula that give rise to the rich variety seen today in modern Italy. Move between the Etruscans in Tuscany, Samnites in the south-central Apennine region the Messapians in the heel of Italy, the Salento region of modern Puglia.

Philip, Alexander the Great and the Macedonians

The region of ancient Macedonia in northern Greece gave rise to one of the world’s greatest and fastest growing empires. King Philip II of Macedon and his illustrious son, Alexander hail from this beautiful region. Let Clio inspire you to explore what it is about this region that allowed this population to rise to such heights. The region boasts vineyards, beautiful coastlines and beaches as well as nearby mountains allowing for the opportunity of skiing and much more.

Vikings and Normans, Celts

Focussing on Great Britain, this programme traces the phases of occupation from the end of the Roman period through to the Norman conquest. Each group has changed the culture resulting in a dynamic and multilingual nation that ultimately results in the formation of the modern nation, the United Kingdom.

Roman Emperors: Augustus, Claudius, Trajan and Hadrian

Our ‘imperial’ programmes focus on any one of the Roman emperors and his exploits. Featured emperors are Augustus, Claudius, Trajan and Hadrian. Your journey will take you to areas and regions that encapsulate their accomplishments. Augustus will focus on Italy and the Mediterranean; Claudius; Italy and Britain; Trajan: Italy, Spain and Eastern Europe; and Hadrian: Italy, Spain, Britain and Greece. Please get in touch with us if there is another emperor that interest you!

Vatican City and Papal States

Vatican city, a city-state within the city of Rome, provides a fascinating glimpse of the changes that begin to occur as the Roman empire adopts Christianity as its official religion and as the European nations begin to break free and gain their own independence. This programme focuses on the relationship between the Vatican and Rome, Italy and the rest of Europe from the end of the Roman empire, through the Middle Ages up to the Renaissance.

Hannibal versus Rome : the Battles of Trasimene and Cannae

Hannibal’s invasion of Italy in the second Punic war towards the end of the 3rd century BCE is one of the most fascinating stories in ancient history. You can choose to follow his journey at any point from ancient Carthage in modern Tunisia across north Africa and the strait of Gibraltar, the southern coast of modern Spain and France, across the alps and down through the spine of Italy . You can visit the actual location of several encounters and epic battles, such as at Trasimene along the border of Tuscany and Umbria in central Italy or at Cannae, down in the most south eastern portion of the Italian peninsula.